Growing up, did you ever drag all of the pots, pans and wooden spoons out of the cabinets in your family’s kitchen to create your own solo jam session? I am going to assume the answer is yes and if you haven’t then I am sure you can conjure a depiction of what this looks like.

What if Mom’s cookware was the totality of the instruments available to you when you grew out of diapers? Do you think you could create a rock band out of the soup pot and blender? How about a Recycled Orchestra?

If your answer is no, I understand, however when you live on top of a landfill in a little town called Cateura in Paraguay then you would be surprised that someone answered yes!

The people who live in this town lack many of the resources first world people take for granted and literally reside on top of the recycled goods we toss out daily. They scrounge through the rubbish to recycle it and resell it. Two teachers formed an orchestra and found themselves flooded with student interest and not enough musical instruments to go around. A resourceful person brought them a recycled violin and it wasn’t too long after that cellos and other string instruments began to create what is now appropriately called The Recycled Orchestra.

People are resourceful. People are brilliant. People are resilient. People are creative.

Stay tuned for the full length featured documentary called Landfill Harmonic about the extraordinary depiction of the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

– Jessica


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